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Newport Harbor (Goat Island) postcard face - click to enlarge

Newport Harbor (Goat Island) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Newport Harbor (Goat Island)

State: RI
Year established: 1823
Latitude: 41 deg 29 min 36 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 19 min 37 sec W
Height above sea level: 33 feet

Original construction:
25-foot stone tower

1842: new breakwater built with present 29-foot tower at its end
1851: original tower moved to Prudence Island
1864: new keepers house attached to lighthouse

electrified in 1922; automated in 1963

Light characteristic:
fixed green light visible for 11 nautical miles

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 56-58
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 126